Future Proofing Commercial Buildings

The Future Proofing Geelong Commercial Building Retrofit program provides information for commercial building owners and tenants wanting to improve energy efficiency.


Commercial building energy efficiency upgrades:

  • reduce the carbon emissions of the City
  • significantly save money for building owners and tenants - an average of $12.50 per square metre for building occupants, or a total savings of $25 million across the Geelong economy each year
  • increase long-term value of the building by increasing attractiveness to tenants and increasing value as an asset.


As a Victorian program partner, City of Greater Geelong invites Geelong commercial building owners and/or commercial tenants to sign up to the City Switch program.

CitySwitch is a high-value no-cost service which supports commercial building owners and commercial tenants to improve office energy and waste efficiency, with the ultimate aim of achieving a 4 star or higher NABERS Energy rating.

The program offers:

  • inspiration and education with a series of events, toolkits, workbooks, case studies and site tours
  • information about other relevant programs, information sources, industry bodies and communities of interest
  • links to incentives and financial vehicles that encourage the uptake of energy efficiency investments
  • celebrate and reward environmental leadership and achievement through its annual awards and ongoing member promotions.

Being involved in the CitySwitch program saves signatories time and money, while also building internal capacity to embed sustainability within their business. 


Geelong businesses can apply for an Energy Assessment Grant to contribute towards the cost of a Level 2 Energy Assessment Report. This will:

  • audit the energy use of your business
  • recommend how to reduce the energy use of your business
  • advise other possible funding sources for capital improvements
  • measure and verify outcomes of actions taken to improve energy efficiency
  • market your business as taking action on energy efficiency

Businesses may be eligible for up to 50 per cent co-funding of Energy Assessment Grants from Future Proofing Geelong.

Did you know?

Commercial buildings account for around 10 per cent of the nation's overall energy consumption, whilst commercial office buildings make up approximately 25 per cent of this total.

Baseline Energy Consumption and Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Commercial Buildings in Australia, 2012 (Dept of Climate Change & Energy Efficiency)

Case studies

Study title Release date
Small scale lighting upgrade 24 June 2016
Medium Scale Solar and LED Install 23 June 2016
Complete refurbishment  

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Page last updated: Monday, 8 January 2018